150 years of innovation

As Berkeley Engineering celebrates a century and a half of making our mark on history, we're highlighting people with the pioneering spirit, creative energy and social responsibility that characterize the college. This week: Olympic champion and Air Force colonel Archie Williams (B.S.’39 ME).

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Archie Williams at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsArchie Williams at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.Archie Williams: Olympic champion and Air Force colonel

Berkeley Engineering 150Born and raised in Oakland, Archie Williams came to UC Berkeley in 1935 to study mechanical engineering and run track. After setting a world record at the NCAA track and field championships in 1936, he competed at the Olympics that summer in Berlin, winning a gold medal in the 400-meter race. And those high-flying successes were just the beginning of a career as a pilot and teacher. Read more ...

Engineering innovators

New profiles added each week

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    Christine Ho: Printing batteries

    Christine Ho invented a new battery chemistry and a print-based manufacturing process to simultaneously fabricate and place microscopic batteries onto wireless sensors.

  • Robert Bea

    Robert Bea: Dr. Disaster

    Civil and environmental engineering professor emeritus Robert Bea, the Master of Disaster, has built a remarkable career studying failures – both engineering and human – in hopes we can learn from them.

  • Julia Morgan

    Julia Morgan: Iconic architect

    Julia Morgan, who graduated in 1894 with a degree in civil engineering, was an architectural pioneer and "a true California gem."

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Milestones of engineering

Want to learn more about where Berkeley Engineers have been, and what they've accomplished? Visit our timeline of college history.